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level talks with the north the suggestion coming a day after north korean leader kim jong un offered a rare all of branch to the south and new threats to the u.s. . and it has been a long time coming but america's most populous state california has legalized cannabis for recreational use. and what is it about new year's day that makes people want to go jump into really cold water we'll take a look at that and some of the other things people get up to around the world on the first day of the news. i'm brian thomas thanks so much for being with us on protests have erupted for a fifth consecutive day in tehran and around iran amidst reports of growing violence. shorty's say demonstrators tried to overrun
a number of military bases and police stations and total at least thirteen people have now lost their lives protests initially broke out against economic conditions in the country but they've also been drawing opponents of the country's religious establishment. this footage has been provided by demonstrators people have been on the streets in various parts of iran's since thursday protesting conditions in the country and this is footage provided by iranian state t.v. which claims that protesters are violent and that some have damaged a.t.m.'s buildings and other property and also claim that some protesters tried to take over police stations and military bases on monday iranian state t.v. showed president hassan rouhani meeting with members of parliament to discuss the situation rowhani claim that protests are happening because iran's enemies are angry due to the country's accomplishments and are therefore provoking protesters
state t.v. provided interviews with iranians who don't agree with the demonstrations because while one in these protests should have a message of unity they should be held peacefully not to violently that's not being and safety don't reach it initially there are so many people who intend to exploit the situation and take advantage of the violence they're destroying our society. a pro-government rally took place in the northern city of rushed where protesters voiced their support for the government. they've asked for a peaceful solution to the country's problems. so far though anti-government protests continue the fear now is that the government might crack down hard on the protesters. well will they for the very latest let's go now to tehran and the correspondent eric randolph eric what can you tell us about the fifth day now of protests. well it does seem slightly common based on the number of years we've seen
being shared on social media but that have been. stray shien's other nights we have reports of one policeman being killed in a shooting incident three others interests in one town in central iraq it is going to be hard to their eyes on the internet is being shut down there is something of a media blackout understructure and even if it's on a smaller scale it's. spreading quite fast continuing across the country now how are authorities likely to respond will they use persuasion or will it be force. we're starting to see a bit of a top of the line the revolutionary guards of. seditious elements warning that they have identified people hundreds of arrests are going to fight. from various parts of the authorities so far they haven't confronted the violence as much as the.
much of the major but the tide is definitely getting stronger ok what about support in the larger rainin society for the protests how significant is that. we're talking to people in toronto which is actually seeing. protests. a lot of people don't like the violence that they're seeing which is rather. an alternate route but they do definitely sympathize with the economic grievances that we're trying to protests everybody how stories of family members who are employed struggling with our living costs and the general frustration of the government not responding quickly or lot of really enough and that's something that show across society by conservative parts of this you recognize that something needs to be done whether or not the government has been mean to do with those grievances even if they can control the protests is something that remains to be seen in the coming
weeks now kara what about the reports from authorities that military bases and police stations have been overrun is there any way to verify that. i think iran is probably overstating it but very hard to get reports we know that have been attacks on this four buildings on the symbols of the regime. during selling to the clergy and things like that that it is difficult for us to move around outside iraq because to rely on social media videos which have been all it's verified it's clear the government emphasizing some of the five attacks. places but. unfortunately it remains very difficult. to know exactly what's going on because they are so widespread the ground all for us from tehran thanks very much mark.
well south korea's government has offered to hold high level talks with north korea next week the talks with focus on the part of a north korean team in this year's winter olympics to be held in south korea the offer comes a day after north korean leader kim jong un struck a conservatory tone toward seoul in his new year's address saying he was quote open to dialogue but kim kept up his threatening stance towards the u.s. flowers from north korea's past leaders kim il sung and kim jong il a gesture of reverence repeated on every holiday in the capital pyongyang those who turn out can also pay homage to their current president kim jong un during his new year's address. his speech included a range of threats against the u.s. but also unexpectedly an offer of dialogue with neighboring south korea. you will the winter olympics to be held in south korea will be
a good occasion for the country and we sincerely hope the day will be a six is we're prepared to take various steps including sending a delegation officials from the two koreas may meet to discuss the possibility. kim said that now was a good time to demonstrate the status of the korean people in seoul the government responded positively to all of the new south korea's presidential office has always stated our willingness to talk with north korea anytime and anywhere if that would help restore into korean relations and lead to peace on the korean peninsula. but that is still a distant goal north korea's leader peppered his speech with threats against the u.s. state t.v. superimposed pictures over parts of his speech kim said the united states will never be able to start war against me or al country. numbs the entire u.s. sees within range of our nuclear weapons and nuclear boxen is always on my days.
it's sure that you know she will put them. north korea's ballistic missile tests have been a source of concern for the u.s. and the rest of the international community about the prospects of north korea joining in the upcoming winter olympics does offer some hope to people on both sides of the korean peninsula. now for a look at some of the other stories making news today in his first tweet of the year u.s. president donald trump has threatened to cut foreign aid to pakistan accusing its leaders of lying and deceiving the united states trump has alleged that the south asian country has been harboring terrorists israel has toughened conditions for ceding any part of jerusalem to palestinians in any possible future peace deal lawmakers passed an amendment that requires a special two thirds majority in the knesset to do so else than ian's want east
jerusalem as the capital of an independent state. police in germany are investigating a member of parliament for incitement to hatred after she posted and the muslim remarks on social media beatrice on storage of the far right if he as accused cologne police of appeasing quote barbaric gang raping muslim wards of men after they tweeted a new year message in arabic. well all this week we will be giving you a preview of what to expect from top global players and twenty eight team today we're focusing on germany number one on the agenda for chance for all of machall is trying to form a new government it has now been more than one hundred days and germany went to the polls in september elections and in about five days merkel's conservatives will start exploratory talks with the social democrats but even if they are successful it could take months before a new government is actually in place. each day
a new record is broken here in berlin never before has it taken so long falling in election to build a new government. and in the middle of it all chancellor. or at the moment interim chancellor. if decisions are being made in parliament she has to search for allies so far she has not been able to find a fix coalition partner it looks like no one wants to form a coalition with the chancellor on the other hand doesn't think a minority government is the right thing for germany in other words she has to woo the social democrats and build another grand coalition but that's still a lot of work to do. this is becoming a problem on the international political stage why french president might call his clear go it's actually best to wait it out that's not good for her and not good for
europe europe cannot work without a strong germany and a strong german french alliance that is why berlin carries a huge responsibility to build a stable government. twenty eighteen will be an important year for the e.u. reforms must be made and burden is expected to make suggestions soon. is hardly any doubt. will remain here in the chancellor rhee and govern germany the question is just when will she be elected at the moment to act internationally like her neighbor here in the swiss embassy people are used to remaining neutral but from the german chancellor the world expects something else. a week chancellor at the head of europe's biggest economy at least america is able to steer the course of her own party. in a false term she wants to lead another grand coalition it's got there was unanimity
from everyone that we now have to go into exploratory talks with the s.p.d. with the goal of building a stable government. within her conservative party people are saying that she will last another four years at the most no one discusses this openly but many in the c.d.u. are thinking about the time after matches potential successes now i have to position themselves at the same time to plan how she can hand over power little by little without losing it too fast. so what's the next step in germany there are a lot of on such questions. what was the first question. and have a great start in the new year. whether it turns out to be good or bad twenty eighteen will certainly not be boring. while her own
conservatives may want to stay on but what about public opinion political correspondent. in the studio with her crystal ball to talk about that good morning michelle. what's it looking like you know we have a new poll out there that shows forty nine percent of germans want to step down that's not exactly a ringing endorsement of another coalition but i think we're in a pleasant climate in germany where you're not going to see any ringing endorsement that he met any more after all that was the timing point in everyone we stopped talking about the. we are all pretty much aware that she is pasta prime in terms of how much support she has in germany but also how much power. those indications you just cited now that when he speaks about people who don't really want to see it serve another full time but she still has a lot of support for most folks is more than two thirds of those who voted for. voted c.d.u. because of i'm going to machall so make no mistake she's still in
a very strong position both in her own party and particularly when it comes to those european neighbors the cause of course is only one in france who really has big plans for europe and germany certainly wants to help but mccall also needs a bit of help from the germans she needs some constructive talk that coming out of germany and mackel says that she wants that germans out all pro european but they don't want to see that telly much mccall in the end when it comes to cherry so lot of open questions i'm not one hundred percent so whether she will necessarily be the default so though once we get to the nitty gritty of building this coalition it is all about the nitty gritty even though she is in a strong position what happens if the talks at the begin on the seventh failed to produce a new government i mean we haven't talked about the social democrats at all yes we haven't talked about them yet they play the decisive role here because the real kingmakers and the real ones who have to say whether this grand coalition continues
is the grass roots in the social democrat party who get to vote on whatever that agreement might be and if they don't really give the green light and there really is a lot of sentiment in the social democrats that this is a fight for survival not to enter this coalition once again that everything is really in the open and then the only options on the table is for medical to agree what she pretty much already ruled out is to actually lead a minority government all to go through that lengthy process of that actually having fresh elections here and both of those are still also absolute still open possibilities and during this time it's been more than one hundred days now and historical anomaly for germany and people are wondering what's going on we're involved with all the political ins and outs of this of this issue but what about everyday people what do they want to see happen what are the problems they want solved. twenty eighty well i mean germans really wanted to see that that coalition
come together which the so called to michael we've all have almost forgotten about that but germans also have concerns like cheap housing wages at the same time there is record low unemployment we haven't seen such low unemployment foot twenty five years here and so that also concerned about bigger picture issues like climate change and that the sauce that does have a lot of backing what she's doing but she also has a lot of critics also talking about what we're nations with the united states and russia could look like in the future a lot of issues that germans want to see tackled and patients here certainly like pretty much everyone else in europe is wearing thin we want to see. their legs very much for joining us you know. this is the still to come on the show starting the year on a high california legalizes recreational marijuana we'll have a report from the first day of business in this new era spec to be very big and is
for. a lot of positive sentiment as the new year begins for investors brian a new year fresh record highs hong kong stocks rose to the highest level in over a decade on tuesday and markets in shanghai also posted gains in the first trading session of twenty eighteen with exchanges in europe and new york set to open later investors will look to see whether last year's record setting stock performance in the united states will carry over to twenty eight eighteen the prospect of a major tax overhaul in the u.s. put investors there and a bullish mood through much of last year and rallied global trading in weakening u.s. dollar and solid manufacturing figures out of china are considered early positive signs for global consumption in the year ahead. to venezuela now and falling oil prices political unrest and corruption have decimated the country's
economy there are chronic shortages of food and medicine inflation is set to hit two thousand three hundred percent this year the president throwing a bone to the working poor by hiking the minimum wage but that won't help much as the local currency the ball of r. is worth next to nothing. president nicolas maduro made the announcement on new year's eve on the issue in the window i'm announcing an increase of forty percent of the national minimum wage and of all salary scales nationwide of teachers military police doctors public workers a lot of political. but still only brings the full time minimum wage to just under eight hundred thousand baht of r.'s a month or the princely sum of seven dollars on the black market that would only pay for about two kilos of pork a venezuelan stable when it's available the wage hike comes after the government failed to deliver on
a promise of lowering port prices for traditional christmas meals. blamed portugal for failing to deliver pork imports. last week hundreds of people took to the streets in the poorer parts of the capital caracas to protest the food shortage millions of venezuelans are unable to afford three meals a day. i don't think yet that name where hungry now the people are hungry there is a famine the government says the local food supply committee should hand out food every fifteen days but it doesn't arrive in city i know you want but if you don't want the meat. economists say the wage increase will only fuel the rampant hyperinflation of opposition politicians same with duros refusal to overhaul venezuela's failed socialist economic model and stop excessive money printing will create more misery in the year ahead. the new year brings a set of new rules as of january first social media companies in germany will have
to will have a mere twenty four hours to take down illegal material if they fail to remove hate speech or fake news for example they could face a fine up to fifty million euros a post critics fear the likes of facebook and twitter could overcompensate and delete controversial but legal posts to avoid the have to finds facebook has hired hundreds of new people in germany to comply with the law. as india seeks to keep growing as economy in the new year a look at prime minister narendra modi's reforms reveal a bit of a let down modernizing the economy the education system and fighting corruption those were the noble goal goals that back in twenty fourteen helped put mr modi into office and indeed this year the economy will be a third bigger then when he got elected some might say this spite rather than because of the prime minister's policies. margaret azeem grew up in the crowded and poverty stricken streets of the moon by slum. here he learned
the trade of taylor. within a few years he started his own small sewing workshop. business went well and soon he was able to recruit extra help most of the migrants from rural communities but economic reforms a crackdown on cash and a new sales tax have made life difficult for small businesses like his. name the problem is cash flow if i don't get any money from my main customer how much supposed to pay wages and costs are rising last year young cost ten rupees now it's twelve my customer doesn't have the money to pay me but expects my prices to stay the same in any. india's tax system is complicated even small businesses need a computer or a tax advisor which costs time and money but additional burden has meant the him had to lay off four of his ten workers. last july the government
introduced a new nationwide goods and services tax or g.s.t. aiming to simplify trade and prevent double taxation experts of court the biggest tax reform since independence it's the second reform introduced by the modi government to have hurt the economy. november last year the government announced that over eighty percent of the cash in circulation would suddenly cease to be legal tender. it was a bid to curb the black economy the move officially term to monetise nation crippled the overwhelmingly cash based economy you wanted action in g.s.t. on the twin shocks in the indian economy in the last one year the economy is facing a real crisis and this crisis is embedded in from the unorganized. impact on the impact of the g.s.t. and of the demotivation on the organizing and that impact has been felt by people in. tells us that seven hundred small businesses here have shut down already he
himself had to take out a loan to keep his business afloat he sees the reforms as a failure and the government promised that prices would go down and people would profit that didn't happen now gas for cooking is twice as expensive. costs are increasing but not wages it's a difficult time for. the government insists things will improve. where the voters share that confidence will become clear in the next parliamentary election in twenty nineteen. california has become the largest us state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana right big changes right first of voters approved that move in a referendum back in two thousand and sixteen now a change in the law so to generate about a billion dollars in tax revenues every year some users say that despite the new legislation they will still be buying their drugs on the black market. with
these three. cutting the ribbon the owner of this medical center in oakland says he wants california to be a beacon of hope to parts of the world where people are still suffering under prohibit as he put it. customers have been lining up since early in the morning to be the first to take advantage of the change in the law it allows adults twenty one and older to buy possess and grow marijuana until now it had only been available for medical purposes. it's history it's history and i think it's it's been a fish on going to help a lot of people a lot of different demographics in the long run been a medical patient for quite some time and my car expired so it was kind of waiting for the food for the new year to legalize and i'm going to come out to w. spoke to the director of a rehab clinic that helps heroin addicts overcome their habit by using cannabis and other states will absolutely follow suit when you see the benefits of health for
yet another sister and you know washington colorado. oregon none of them have had the negative outcomes. they've also very positive outcomes as some buyers of marijuana said on the first day of legal sale it's safer than having to purchase their supplies down a back alley but some reckon they'd still use the black market because one of them said it's cheaper. a lot of changes this year and many people's new year begins around the world are also taking stock of the extra pounds put on during the holiday season more than a few nursing hangovers and eggs at home plenty of others though have been venturing outside to continue celebrating the new year. london on new year's day the parades been going for thirty two years and this year featured around eight thousand performers many were from overseas including some
from america bringing their own brand of exuberance. across the north sea in the level and it was just as chilly but that didn't put people off their annual new year dip the water was warmer than last year they said unlike these young women they all believe a cold that keeps you healthy. there was more aquatic fun in rona's for men dived off the cavour bridge into the river tiber it's a tradition that's been going for seventy years now. this is a tough thing to do if you make the smallest mistake you can hurt yourself and we don't want to hurt ourselves we want to go home and have a plate of spaghetti here. in berlin people were no less keen to get some exercise after the excesses of the night before nothing too stressful just a gentle six kilometers up and down the on today in linden boulevard. but if you find all this activity too exhausting for new year's day vienna had the ideal
antidote the annual concert given by the vienna philharmonic under conductor riccardo muti. all still to come on the view women in saudi arabia will be permitted to get behind the wheel for the first time in twenty eighteen legally look at how they hope this reform change their lives. all that and much more straight ahead it would. keep calm. cool cool. down some. sun some news it's a kind of culture war the noose a new phenomenon. cut to.
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three thousand. be any dinners and i was looking at some of these it jean of course nothing is being one with twenty eight thousand have in store for us so which topics and developments will shape the next twelve months or tomorrow on. brylin twenty eighteen. what lies in store for the new german government. and for chancellor angela merkel. today on t.w. news. welcome back to state of your news our top story this hour south korea's government proposes high ranking talks with north korea beginning next week on cooperating during this year's winter olympics the offer comes a day after north korean leader kim jong un made a rare overtures for dialogue with the south. and state media in iran
report that the death toll from ongoing at a government protest has now risen to at least thirteen including a police officer protesters are said to have tried to overrun police stations and no it's very basis during a fifth day now of protests. or for more on the developments in iran we're joined now by many assenting he's an editor at the w's farsi language department good morning to you mehdi iran has a number of organizations and individuals opposed to the regime in tehran can you tell us something about the main players in the opposition and some of their goals. well it's beginning to worry a conservative part of iranian mash at home to the hard line cleric who lost the election to hasn't rouhani in prison or race in may last year protestor has crossed
that into the economic situation in the country as well as correction first but in the next day there's slangs become more and to government and political and as we know and or a lot of political activists it iran wrote about it we don't know really who started and how it started these protests in iran but we know the most the protests are are young under twenty five male and then we know they are really angry about the whole situation is not just economy it's about quality case well life style the one they try to live in the different situation and they they lose hope as they can't the has a rouhani government couldn't answer in last five years change the situation but also we know some organization maybe has a role in the protests there their role is not so clear or important as the
mujahideen would talk about them in iran recognizant of the iran government actually recognize them as a terrorist group and they are active in outside of iran and they don't have a really good image inside but. that we know they are just the people that are spreading this participating in why in the in the country whole countries. i think we don't have really central a central group that we can mention as a guideline or control the protest ok now if there's no central group what about the crackdown that might be on its way threatened by president rouhani who will he target in any possible crackdown. yeah that's that's the situation that's make it difficult situation for the government person draw honey or security service to track down the protest ordered uprising.
they are is that some they call a leader of protests but as we know most of them they are young people just they are active in the protest and they cannot target specific groups or people as leaders if you compare to the two thousand and nine protests that it was against their. president are resolvers and they are is that a lot of political reformist but in this situation they don't have a specific group to target them and just did as happened always in the last forty years about any protests in iran against the governor they mention israel or united states but they don't have any specific reason or so clear details about how they effect or hold the support the protest inside of iran yeah there have been those those claims from tehran that is outside influences
fueling this what about the commanders in iran's revolutionary guard they say that they will protect the islamic republic from any threat including demonstrators would they possibly move to attack demonstrators and and how powerful are they how far could they go. ok they are really powerful day control economy they control a lot of organization they have a lot of members in parliament and are so into government has ironic government but the problem is the this occasion they had maybe last two years some sample from people that during they had this rule in iraq and syria or against iss and and also the rule against. in yemen if they want to if they want to act against the people on the streets they will lose these e-mails and these costs a lot for them and maybe day learn from two thousand and nine and two thousand and
ten protesting in iran that the cost of this action will be really high but as you know in the last two days the abbess each part of the service in the guard joined the police forces and helped them against the protests and i think that maybe they need to play different roads they will try to organize people send them on the street as if to support the government and the protests in favor of government actually ok many most any from did abuse farsi language department thank you so very much for that this morning thanks to me well it's not just around there have also been calls for change in iran's main regional rival saudi arabia and the government there has been instituting a number of reforms and response to it this year in june a bad on women being able to drive is said to be left in the majority sunni
countries under strict shari'a law and is the last country in the world where women are forbidden from driving instead women have to employ chauffeurs or ask their male relatives to do the driving. yes the women sit in the back and a young boy is in the driving seat and saudi made videos like these making fun of the country's ban on female drivers have been watched thousands of times before and it was a good gag that suv going to be out of date. as of next june ratana hashmi will be allowed to drive a car and she's already lining up a perfect right. car shopping has become a popular hobby for wealthy saudi women. you just want to be free with the car you can get your groceries every stuff every shop you don't need to to wait for somebody to take you to do is small things you know your daily life thing
when you go to my office come back to my office to my home you know. i'm free the car dealer says a lot of saudi women have actually already bought cars but until now they've just been for their drivers driving yourself is obviously a lot more fun. that's like you. so what do saudi men think about it this is the time for her to the i phone to her all still fires so that they will have free time to play i don't. know soupy and her sisters don't have a regular chauffeur there aren't any public trains or a metro in jeddah so when no funds to go out she has to hire a driver or ask her brother mohsen sunday afternoon drives a popular with middle to upper class women but there's always a male chaperone present. no for wants to get her driver's license primarily for financial reasons.
and the business maybe i want to save the money that i spend on drivers the norm makes total sense what a women who don't have a husband or brother supposed to do when they need to go. somewhere to take a taxi. the new law will make many things easier but personally i don't like it i can drive my family were ever they need to go. to. saudi society is still very conservative women are required to wear full length black robes. but. me once more color in saudi society she says there's nothing in the qur'an that says women must wear black ten years ago the freelance designer was one of the first women in the country who deads to start designing the traditionally the robe of choice of saudi women in different colors red green or purple she was inspired by the traditional colorful costumes of the
bedouin women. it caused an uproar at the beginning. and they have to be permission from there has been going god why i have said as your husband because you know when to. buy don't buy pink i'll buy the color for a lot by they're not used to it you know. britain also designs a range of premises female entrepreneurs have been common within her social circles for several years now. and now no soupy wants to do the same she's currently unemployed but retraining as a jewelry maker it's a project funded by prince charles and the saudi foundation teacher is a british goldsmith. the aim is to open up new industries for women. up until now men have been the only ones
able to learn a trade. now women can too. i would like if in us i would like to have a small workshop in the future where i can give my own lessons to show that every saudi woman is capable of having a trade and i want to produce my own jewelry. and. saudi society is changing driven by the fooling price of oil members of the countries royal family are pushing for economic reform. it's simply no longer viable to leave half of the population sitting at home. proton. family belongs to the country's elite. her father is a prominent real estate developer. he takes a pragmatic view on the issue. of fifty percent of the society so. they should play
their role as their issues themselves. his children are all well accustomed with western culture rotana system is a working mother of three. and her brother wants a more modern society. i think women should even compete with them and job positions so that's going to improve the business sector people start to produce more to compete even more so. i know self that's when this is being practiced all over the world. the chauffeur who takes no food to her jewelry course and back every day costs around one hundred twenty euros per month during the week her brother doesn't have time to drive them oh it's money the family scrapes together from her mother's small pension and her siblings incomes.
although they say they aren't a wealthy family things are changing. add them to my. side of that enough already we women now have more freedom here when we can earn our own money we don't have to constantly ask our husbands for it thank god has any of that we didn't have a face in the wilds no one knew anything about us saudi women now we're proving that we can do anything to get it so a. change is in the admin saudi arabia and a lot of women are eager to see it through and. all just how much change is the air to talk about that i'm joined from baron switzerland by ellen many a political scientist author of the book among a number of books the arab state and women's rights the trap of or thora tarion governments thanks for being with us and good morning to you. we're seeing some small steps for women and human rights in saudi arabia is this window dressing
or are we really saying now the winds of change i think it's a combination of both saudi arabia has been under scrutiny for its human rights record or sometimes at it i mean it wasn't humans who specifically after two thousand and fifteen two loving of lager and it's a lecturer and the ability of so he or his movement to use the social media to make its or its voice heard that. the guardianship is still intact despite some measures to ease it that said i think one would be blind luck to see that there are winds of change blowing in the kingdom and the question is how sustainable these changes are the force behind these changes is the new leadership will seem to recognize that the status quo is a recipe for disaster is a survival tactics actually. it's moving away from its traditional base of power
specifically we're not talking about the tribal base of power i'm talking about the religious base of power and attempting to appeal to the youth and the kingdom now will that be sustainable as a set the question is still open ok we saw some of the used in our report they're very pro conservative strict sharia law i mean there's a lot of counter forces here that want to keep the current system in place including among young people is there not. you have a sense that. this will change never social change never takes place no one has to remember these norms and values where implemented by lol specifically after the end of the seventy's and ingrained and. so they you have
a certain segment of society that is that will be against these changes but you have another segment of society that is bracing for it and they are actually demanding that it's not just like you have. who is given to his subjects and their rights no they are saying we are not subjects anymore we are citizens and we are we are yes i'm sorry i'd like to jump in there ok these citizens in the midst of this you know you mention the badawi parts we're talking about a blogger who's been subject to one thousand lashes because he was critical of islam can you really talk of any kind of meaningful change in saudi arabia as long as the dow he's in prison and subject to these kind of punishments. most of all right gregory warner as critical of the religious establishment and its so methods. that now you are very correct to raise this question how can you
talk about changes in society in the can if someone like it better we his lawyers what we are still in. its ways is many questions about not only this is. the type of changes that we are looking at talking about liberalisation all the so she'll. field or are we talking more about sustainable change just because without let in such men and other women who are basically looking for real change but they don't want a revolution don't want treat forms without tabbing mondays kind of like forces. i don't and i don't understand
a second why is someone like but oh it's still in prison a lot of us don't understand that and that's what we're going to try to get to here in our talk of you're talking about sustainable change what role can the west play in achieving the type of sustainable reforms that actually to real freedom in countries under sharia law right. yeah i think the most important thing is basically the one hand the united states has lost its leadership or so one sees that the way government seems to be like lying to whatever is taken in certain parts of the gulf region. but at the same town i would basically say. looking for more transparency. of countries like germany like britain. italy france that they would insist that issues relating to arms deals it can only interests should not
be the guide into international relations only i understand that politics is a realist interest but while this is the case if the interests from my perspective all western countries including the united states still insist that change takes place if their interests because the status quo is a recipe for disaster for my perspective these situations. it will lead to more. distant destabilisation of legion we have time for one more question you want to get past the status quo what's one thing we can do right now to move past the status quo. i think it's like i cannot. demand from the outside were to make any change so my perspective change has to
come. well within saudi arabia you have young men and women who are. and they are doing that in a manner that is a better tool and the money well these are comment and woman who will make their change possible in this leadership listen to the element author on this issue joining us right now from switzerland thanks very much for being with us. we have a change of pace now we're going to white water rafting in uganda the white nile river stretches from uganda to neighboring sudan and there are white water rapids to be found along much of the rivers length perfect for rafting but since the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in. some of those rapids have been contained including those of the famous waterfalls there our next report looks at how the dam has impacted the lives of people who depend on ters i'm sure their livelihoods.
kayakers and rough does love uganda's white nile river and especially its white will to rapids. like dry and it also provides a living for two guides gymkhana kwame for every adventure he warns thrill seeking tourists about the rivers has a. plan. and then they're off. to mechanic kwame grew up on the white nile. the reason means a lot to me because i was born in a village near the river as i was growing up we never had to bore holes we never had tap water so we were going to the river to get water for everything i think some people just watched the reef means to us. as don't go deep into thinking of the. so deep in that they think of it as like
the river which provides drinking water water. water for the. river also provides jobs juma fell in love with watersports when he was a child eventually he turned it into his profession. it's not a shed but it's quite where you believe that there is something to do with the river which is to retrace like the river is like god you go there you pray you ask for things you get there not so much but i still have a little bit of belief in the us to the river to give me money in the. local nor has it the river gods live in the rapids some of these gods might play tricks on unsuspecting ruffed as.
this part of the lake was once full of white water too but then a dam and power plant were built taming the famous. now that the area is only good for relaxed paddle adventure tourism has taken a big hit. i think effort has gone through a bit of a change in terms of the needing to be able to get infrastructure and demand from interested in the gnarls being subjected to that in terms of having two dams being . granted it creates some environmental impacts in terms of flooding and changes to tourism and those sorts of aspects but isn't terms of an aspect of being able to claim power and help the infrastructure of the local economy it's probably a small sacrifice and in terms of. those who are reliant on tourism see it differently fewer visitors has made life very difficult in a country where a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. before was bit
because local would benefit from the. we're still using lantern is in your house is not because power is even expensive. so. before we used to get a lot of clients working for video. taken for kayaking to gave them a long to do for those. until now to mcculloch money has been able to feed his family with the kayak and rafting tours. but for how much longer another dam on the white nile is nearly finished. will the river upstream soon look more like this my feeling about. the disappearing of the rapids it's quite like painful because. where my like as to to get to where
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